Buzz Break: 2016-17 Panini Studio basketball cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2016-17 Panini Studio NBA cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 49 of 300 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James (two types), Julius Erving, Stephen Curry, John Havlicek (two types), Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez

Rookie Cards (14) – Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn,  Jamal Murray, Marquese Chriss (two types, Denzel Valentine, Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender, Brandon Ingram, Taurean Prince, Patrick McCaw, Isaiah Whitehead, Juan Hernangomez, Henry Ellenson, DeAndre’ Bembry

Inserts: 9 (see gallery below)
Rising to the Occasion (3) 
– Isaiah Thomas, Blake Griffin, Dennis Schröder
Driven (3) – Dario Saric, D’Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis
Glossy Studio Edition (1) – Draymond Green
Defying Gravity (1) – Jaylen Brown
Top Five (1) – Brandon Ingram

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4*
Panini Rewards (1) – 1,500 points (* = see link below)
Influencers (1) – 
LeBron James

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a past break here, this one is an odd mix of different aesthetic approaches — but it really works. The base set is made up of three 100-card tiers. The basic cards are the most-deluxe of them all a plastic foil-stamped foilboard card that’s quite heavy, accented by the next tier’s retro cardboard and the final tier’s one-card-per-box traditional cardboard with a more styled image and holographic foil. The inserts feel more traditional here with a mix of sets, diecut cards and approaches (some are very rare) with just one parallel in the box. Rounding out the package are a guaranteed auto and a guaranteed memorabilia card. It’s all a simple package that simply works and this box was loaded with star names. As for the Rewards Points? I like the program — and here’s what I got for those. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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